Antibiotic Treatment is an Important Component of Periodontal Therapy & Can Improve Treatment Outcomes


The first step in treating periodontal disease is removing the bacterial build-up, called calculus, on the teeth and under the gums.  This process is called scaling and root planing (SRP), sometimes called deep cleaning.  

Adding additional therapeutic medicaments to your individualized periodontal therapy plan can help improve treatment outcomes, resulting in better and faster healing after treatment.  


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Arestin Localized Antibiotic Treatment

In some instances, antibiotic therapy, called Arestin, may be prescribed to help treat periodontal disease and restore gums’ health.  Arestin is a locally applied minocycline microsphere placed into the gum pocket surrounding the tooth and slowly releases antibiotics into the gums for one month.  This continued fight against bacteria results in better healing than SRP alone. 



Cervitec Chlorhexidine Varnish

Cervitec is a colorless liquid varnish that is professionally applied to the surfaces of the teeth.   Chlorhexidine is a medicine used in many healthcare fields and has been used in dentistry for decades to kill bacterial pathogens.  It can treat sensitivity along the gum line, prevent decay in patients at an elevated risk of cavities, keep existing restorations and fillings solid and healthy, and is especially helpful in keeping hard-to-clean areas clean by inhibiting bacterial growth.  Dr. Rachel Monteiro and her team at River Oaks Dental have seen incredible improvements in the gum health of our patients treated with Cervitec every three months at your periodontal maintenance visits.  


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